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Notice of Congregational Meetings At the request of the Back Forty Team, and at the call of the Immanuel Council, two congregational meetings will be held in the month of January, 2016. The Property Committee of Winnipeg Presbytery will be represented at both meetings. The first of these meetings will take place today, January 10th, following worship, and will be for information and clarification of a proposal related to the development of the land adjacent to the church building. All who are part of the Immanuel community are invited to stay after worship for this information meeting, bringing an open mind and heart, your questions and concerns. A light snack will be served to make it possible for you to stay. No vote related to the development of the land will be taken today. On Saturday, January 23rd at 1 p.m., a second congregational meeting will be held, for the purpose of making a decision related to the proposal. All are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting. Although United Church bylaws require that voting on property matters requiring Presbytery approval must be by members only, we will ensure that we attempt to hear all voices and seek the consensus of the whole community before taking a vote. Any decision made by the congregation will have to be considered and approved by Winnipeg Presbytery.

Golspie Club meets this Thursday, January 14th at 1pm. Join us for an afternoon of carpet bowling and tea.

St. Matthews Maryland Ministry asks our help in providing the following items to serve their community; non-perishable food (meat,fish,beans,pastas,baby food, etc.), hygiene, feminine and baby products. Please bring in next Sunday, Jan 17th as you are able. Thank you.

Blanket Exercise We invite the congregation to participate in the blanket exercise to be led by Connie Budd and Norah McMurtry on Sunday, January 17th after Worship. A light lunch will be provided.

White Gift again revealed your generous devotion to our mission. Much food, many gifts, and $2040 dollars have been distributed, and heartfelt thanks have been received. Please see the AMEN bulletin board for details.

Syrian Refugees Several people have asked how they can help as a volunteer or with donations to the many efforts being planned in Manitoba towards the resettlement of an expected 1,500 to 2,000 (and ongoing) refugees from the Syrian crisis.

There is now a provincial web portal which will be populated over the next few days with information and resources related to the resettlement.

It also has a phone number to the Red Cross Call Centre, which is coordinating offers of volunteer time and donations for groups here in Manitoba. They have an inventory of the organizations seeking help and will be able to direct callers to the appropriate one. The organizations are still developing their sense of what will be needed, so this list of opportunities will grow over the coming weeks. Please pass this number on to anyone who is interested.

Donations/Volunteer Offers (coordinated by Canadian Red Cross): 1-888-662-3211

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Tuesday, Jan 12th 9:30 am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5-9pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
Thursday, Jan 14th 1:00 pm Golspie Club Sanctuary/Auditorium
7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Jan 15th 7:00 pm Alanon/Alateen Group
Saturday, Jan 16th 9am-1pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room

I will only be in the office on Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings this week.

Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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